Restore us, Oh God, let your face shine, that we may be saved! Psalm 80:3
Relax. Refresh. Cold water. Hot sand. *ahhhhh*
I did not get any photos of our day on the river, so I will paint it for you in words. The bright morning sun glimmered over waterlilies and turtle backs as we paddled, somewhat sloppily upstream. Two fishing rods flipped over the edge, and five people piled in, we were wobbly. Sometimes whiny, but eventually the peace (like a river) became more apparent in our voices and hearts. Sammy caught one fish, and as Dave was dangling the rod to show him his fish, another caught the line!! He accidentally caught a second fish! That was good for a laugh.
After a midday rest and sup, we went back to the river for a Kayak trip. Julia and I were to have a date paddling. Dave figured he would grant Sammy his wish and rent a pedal-boat for the three of them to play in until we returned. *Ah* I loved the Kayak, it is nice to control and whisks lightly on the surface of the river. Dave found himself the sole peddler of his boat, and trying to get anywhere in a four person pedal boat alone is tough... so a few minutes later he skimmed over to us in a lovely double kayak with S and M snug in their seats. This was a huge hit, and I think we will scrap the canoe next time and stick with Kayaks. It was awesome.
Family Favorite: During our camping trips we make sure we are in the middle of a great book to read as a family. During lunch, dinner, evenings, rainy-days we always have this to fall back on if we need a "down time" as a family.
Family Food: Have a pie iron? (or Sandwich iron) We do! It makes for quick, simple, delicious lunches everyday! Pack wraps (or bread- but wraps turn out the best and take up less packing space), your choice of filling (pizza meat, cheese, deli meat, taco meat, jam, etc etc, you name it!) and voila ! No need to light your cook stove, or wash a bunch of dishes, just sit around the fire and cook up some goodness! (As a note: we only have one iron, and I think it works fine for us, but if you have a family that gets really hungry out in the wild and cannot wait for their turn to get a cooked wrap... well, buy a few irons!)
We did some hiking "off path" up and down the massive old dunes. It is a strange thing to be climbing (as though going up a mountain side) and the ground underfoot is all white sand. Some days the hikes were dry, sunny treks and others were grey and rainy.